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Subject: Congratulations!

illustration of person blowing a horn with a heart and REED coming out of it

May 18, 2020

Dear Reed community,

Thanks to all of you who joined us for the Tribute and Toast to Seniors and Graduates. While I deeply regret that we could not celebrate in person, I am so glad we could come together virtually to share our collective joy.

This occasion marks the end of the 2019–20 academic year and the completion of my first year at Reed. Considering the time we find ourselves in, nothing could be more perfect to me than concluding the year with this tribute to our seniors.

During my inauguration speech I said that Reed is a special place. I have come to understand this more deeply over the course of the year—particularly now. It is an honor to lead this college and, with all of you, to be part of Reed’s extraordinary story and community.

Seniors and graduates, we celebrate you now and will celebrate you again, in person, at the Commencement ceremony being planned for Reunions 2021. Congratulations!

On a final note, I wish each of you well in your endeavors and in addressing challenges that you face during this pandemic. Greeting you in person when that is again possible is something I am very much looking forward to.

My very best,


Audrey Bilger